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Team GB’s Success Fills Manchester Streets

350,000 visitors watched Britain’s Olympic heroes in city centre

Written by . Published on August 15th 2012.


Team GB’s Success Fills Manchester Streets

AROUND 350,000 people came into Manchester city centre to watch the Olympic Games in Exchange Square according to Manchester City Council. 

Nearly 30,000 people alone visited the site on ‘Super Saturday’ to watch new sporting heroes ‘Mo’, ‘Jess’ and ‘Greg’ complete British athletics’ finest hour.

The area became Manchester’s official Olympics public gathering spot of choice with the weather just about holding for Mancunians and visitors alike to revel in the record breaking success of Britains athletes. Many people also took the chance to celebrate their athletic drinking abilities at the Hope and Glory pop up bar.

Nearly 30,000 people visited the site on August 4, to watch new sporting heroes ‘Mo’, ‘Jess’ and ‘Greg’ complete British athletics’ finest hour.

Sizeable crowds were also present to cheer on locally based Olympians like the cycling team who train at Manchester Velodrome and Manchester based Jade Jones who became the first British woman to win a medal in taekwondo.

Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: "The 2012 Olympics will be remembered as a phenomenal success for Team GB and Mancunians have been among the first to get behind our athletes, many of whom were trained just a few miles away from the city centre.

"Our Olympic Live Site has been the perfect place for people to get together and celebrate success after success, while also providing a real boost for the city centre economy."

Manchester visitors can still watch other events on the Big Screen in Exchange Square, including Paralympic action and The Last Night Of The Proms in September.

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AnonymousAugust 15th 2012.

Not the Million that the MEN said then...

AnonymousAugust 17th 2012.

"with the weather just about holding for Mancunians."

Really? Well it certainly rained every day (at some point) when there was a football match taking place at OT! No wonder all the teams & their fans were "desperate" to get the hell out to sunny, warm London!
(Did Manchester really once bid for the Olympics???)

1 Response: Reply To This...
DavidAugust 17th 2012.

It was terrible,you could find Travelodge rooms in Manchester on dates of Olympic football for £19 and all the rest had normal prices.
How I wish I had gone to watch the football in London instead when I would be paying at least £100 a night for a hotel,over £5 for a pint,even in Wetherspoons,and about £8 a day to use the tube.
Have you met any foreign competitors or fans in Manchester and asked what they thought?.Of course not,your just talking out your arse.Also putting "desperate",as if it came from anybody else's lips,except your own.
Manchester failed to get the Olympics,losing out to Sydney.But it not the only one,Paris failed to beat London.Lots of cities have failed.But out of that failure Manchester got the Commonwealth Games.From that it got the velodrome(home to worlds best cyclists),Etihad stadium(home to premier league champions) and the indoor arena.
If you nothing better to do than rubbish Manchester,then go ahead,but you will have to better than you managed so far,if you want to get the attention you so desperately crave.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2012.

I second that David!

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